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From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

In 1868, American inventor Victor Barbicane develops a powerful military explosive that he also uses as fuel for a moon-bound rocket manned by himself and a motley crew.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Jules Verne (novels), Robert Blees (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Victor Barbicane
George Sanders ... Stuyvesant Nicholl
Debra Paget ... Virginia Nicholl
Don Dubbins ... Ben Sharpe
Patric Knowles ... Josef Cartier
Carl Esmond ... Jules Verne
Henry Daniell ... Morgana
Melville Cooper ... Bancroft
Ludwig Stössel ... Aldo Von Metz (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Storyline

Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile. Written by Anonymous

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The Amazing Story of the Boldest Adventure Dared by Man!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumbo al infinito See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the music is actually the "electronic tonalities" created by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron for Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Barbicane's speech before the Armaments Club lasts 4 minutes, but the hands on the clock behind his head show no movement. See more »

Quotes

Morgana: You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are on the pages of a book, with the leads' photos included above the name. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Electronic Tonalities
(uncredited)
from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket
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Utterly tedious
30 June 2005 | by KwpSee all my reviews

As a longtime science fiction fan, I thought watching a movie version of "From the Earth to the Moon" would be entertaining. My mistake, at least in this instance. This is a long-drawn-out, story-weak exercise in patience. The director seemed to be stuck on establishing shots and irrelevant scenes, to the point where I began fast-forwarding past any scene that didn't appear to be advancing the story. This got me through the second half-hour in about five minutes. What story there is has only a vague resemblance to Verne's original, and one waits forever for the rocket to finally take off.

Even minor matters like the background music become annoying: instead of an original score, for the most part what plays in the background are snippets of patriotic American music, and often one wonders what this has to do with the scene.

All in all, if you want to see a screen adaption of Jules Verne, watch the classic Disney "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" or "Around the World in 80 Days", and avoid this outing.


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